Turkey earthquake: At least 18 dead as buildings collapse


At least 18 people have been killed and hundreds hurt in a powerful earthquake in eastern Turkey, officials say.

The 6.8 magnitude quake, centred on the town of Sivrice in Elazig province, caused buildings to collapse and caover sent residents rushing into the street.

Tremors were also felt in neighbouring Syria, Lebanon and Iran.

Earthquakes are common in Turkey - about 17,000 people died in a massive quake in the western city of Izmit in 1999.

Friday's quake struck at about 20:55 local time (17:55 GMT).

According to Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD), there were 60 aftershocks recorded after the earthquake.

It said more than 400 rescue teams are บาคาร่า heading towards the region, along with beds and tents for those displaced. It warned people not to return to damaged 

buildings in case of aftershocks.

The governor of Elazig said eight people had died in the province, while the governor of neighbouring Malatya said six died there.

Annabella Sciorra says Harvey Weinstein brutally raped her


US actress Annabella Sciorra has testified in Harvey Weinstein's trial that the film producer pinioned and raped her at her home 25 years ago.

Ms Sciorra, best known for her role in The

dreamgame Sopranos, said Mr Weinstein forced himself into her apartment and attacked her.

"I was trying to get him off me," Ms Sciorra said to the New York jury. "I was punching him, kicking him."

The 67-year-old denies all charges, which include rape and sexual assault.

If convicted, he could face life behind bars.

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The incident that Ms Sciorra alleges would kkover have happened too long ago to be pursued under New York law.


But prosecutors intend to use her testimony to support their argument that the accused is a sexual predator.

To do so, they must prove Mr Weinstein committed a serious sexual offence against at least two people.

Mr Weinstein is charged with raping one woman, Jessica Mann, in a hotel room in the New York borough in 2013, and performing a forcible sex act on a second
woman, Mimi Haleyi, in 2006.

His defence team said his actions were consensual, including one "loving" relationship.

South Korea transgender soldier to sue over dismissal


A transgender soldier in South Korea says she will sue the army after it dismissed her for violating regulations following her sex change.

Byun Hui-soo, 22, joined the army as a man panan but had gender reassignment surgery last year after suffering from gender dysphoria and mental health issues.

She accused the military of "deep-rooted intolerance" of sexual minorities.

South Korea remains conservative on matters of sexual identity.

Ms Byun's case has led to debate over the treatment of transgender soldiers as well as those from the wider LGBT community.

During an emotional 45-minute appearance, the staff sergeant said she had wanted to stay in the army after her operation, which took place in Thailand in November.

"I will continue to fight until the day I can คาสิโน remain to serve in the army. I'll challenge the decision until the end, to the Supreme Court," she said.

She had not planned on having gender reassignment surgery, she said, but was recommended to do so by doctors at a military hospital where she was sent after suffering mental health problems. They arose from gender dysphoria - defined as distress from the internal conflict between physical gender and gender identity.

"It was an extremely difficult decision to let my base know of my identity, but once I did, I felt much better," she said.

"I thought I would finish serving in the army and then go through the transition surgery and then re-enter the army as a female soldier. But my depression got too severe," she added.

Ms Byun said she had not expected to be forced to leave the army. Her superior officers had visited her in hospital and had been discussing where she would be redeployed after her treatment, she said.

They had suggested she could become a role model for LGBT people in the armed forces, she said.

"Apart from my gender identity, I want to show everyone that I can also be one of the great soldiers who protect this country," she added.

Hundreds of US-bound migrants cross river to reach Mexico


Hundreds of migrants have waded into a river on the southern Mexico border as they try to reach the United States.

The migrants, mainly from Honduras, took to the water after being refused permission to cross a bridge over the Suchiate river.

Mexico has cut off migration แทงบอลออนไลน์ routes to the US under pressure from President Donald Trump.

Mexican National Guard troops with riot shields tried to stop the migrants from climbing the river bank.

But hundreds appear to have breached police lines and entered Mexico.

Some reports say police fired panan tear gas. Some of those trying to reach Mexico threw stones at the police.

The migrants were camped out in the Guatemalan town of Tecun Uman, across the border from Mexico's Ciudad Hidalgo.

Eight representatives of the migrants were allowed into Mexico for talks with the authorities and to pass a letter on to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

Panama: Seven people found dead after suspected exorcism


The bodies of seven people have been found in a mass grave in an indigenous area of Panama controlled by a religious sect.

The deceased include a pregnant woman and five of her children.

Authorities believe that a religious sect performed an เว็บพนันอันดับ1 exorcism on the victims in the Ngäbe-Buglé region in the north-west of Panama. A further 15 were freed from alleged captivity.

Ten people have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Prosecutors announced on Thursday that they were investigating the case.

Senior prosecutor Rafael Baloyes said the grave was discovered after locals alerted authorities last weekend about several families being held against their will by an indigenous-run church.

The area the bodies were found is a remote area about 250km (155 miles) from

Panama City. It is controlled by a religious sect called the New Light of God.

Mr Baloyes said: "They were performing a ritual inside the structure. In that ritual, there were people being held against their will, แจกเครดิตฟรี being mistreated. All of these rites were aimed at killing them, if they did not repent their sins.

The 15 people rescued suffered bodily injuries, a police official confirmed.

The suspects, which include a minor, are expected to appear in court on Friday or Saturday.

A source close to the investigation told AFP news agency that one of those arrested is the father of the pregnant woman found in the grave.

Sir David Attenborough warns of climate crisis moment


The moment of crisis has come" in efforts to tackle climate change, Sir David Attenborough has warned.

According to the renowned พนันออนไลน์ naturalist and broadcaster, "we have been putting things off for year after year".

"As I speak, south east Australia is on fire. Why? Because the temperatures of the Earth are increasing," he said.

Sir David's comments came in a BBC News interview to launch a year of special coverage on the subject of climate change.

He told me it was "palpable nonsense" for some politicians and commentators to suggest that the Australian fires were nothing to do with the world becoming warmer.

"We know perfectly well," he said, that human activity is เว็บที่ดีที่สุด behind the heating of the planet.

What does Sir David mean by 'the moment of crisis'?
He's highlighting the fact that while climate scientists are becoming clearer about the need for a rapid response, the pace of international negotiations is grindingly slow.

The most recent talks - in Madrid last month - were branded a disappointment by the UN Secretary-General, the British government and others.

Decisions on key issues were put off and several countries including Australia and Brazil were accused of trying to dodge their commitments.

Taiwan election: Tsai bids for second term against contender Han


Millions of voters in Taiwan are going to the polls to elect a new president, in a decision that will shape the island's relationship with China.

Tsai Ing-wen, running for a second term, favours the status quo, and does not want closer ties with Beijing.

Meanwhile her main rival, Han Kuo-yu, promises to ease tensions with China.

Two years ago, Ms Tsai's party lost the panan local elections, but she is now ahead in the polls - which some observers attribute to the Hong Kong protests.

Ms Tsai has expressed support for the protesters, a popular stance with those who fear Taiwan being overtaken by mainland China.

About 19 million people are registered to vote in Saturday's election.

Polling stations are open from 08:00 to 16:00 (00:00 to 08:00 GMT) and results are expected before the end of the day.

What is Taiwan's status?
For แจกเครดิตฟรี practical purposes, Taiwan is an independent state - it has its own elected government, constitution and military.

But China has claimed sovereignty over it since the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. It says Taiwan must eventually be reunited with China, by force if necessary.

China refuses to have diplomatic relations with any country that recognises Taiwan as a sovereign nation.